Misskey Setup and Installation Guide

We thank you for your interest in setting up your Misskey server! This guide describes how to install and setup Misskey.

Never change the domain name (hostname) of an instance once you start using it!

1. Install dependencies

Please install and setup these softwares:

Dependencies 📦

If you are using Debian/Ubuntu, you should install the build-essential package.

corepack must be enabled.

sudo corepack enable

2. Create Misskey user

Running misskey as root is not a good idea so we create a user for that. In debian for exemple :

adduser --disabled-password --disabled-login misskey

3. Install Misskey

  1. Connect to the misskey user

    sudo -iu misskey

  2. Clone the Misskey repository

    git clone --recursive https://github.com/misskey-dev/misskey.git

  3. Navigate to the repository

    cd misskey

  4. Check out the latest release

    git checkout master

  5. Download submodules

    git submodule update --init

  6. Install Misskey's dependencies

    pnpm install --frozen-lockfile

4. Configure Misskey

  1. Copy the .config/example.yml and rename it to default.yml.

    cp .config/example.yml .config/default.yml

  2. Edit default.yml

5. Build Misskey

Build misskey with the following:

NODE_ENV=production pnpm run build

If you're on Debian, you will need to install the build-essential, python package.

6. Init DB

  1. Create the appropriate PostgreSQL users with respective passwords, and empty database as named in the configuration file. Make sure the database connection also works correctly when run from the user that will later run Misskey, or it could cause problems later. The encoding of the database should be UTF-8.

    sudo -u postgres psql
    create database misskey with encoding = 'UTF8';
    create user misskey with encrypted password '{YOUR_PASSWORD}';
    grant all privileges on database misskey to misskey;
    alter database misskey owner to misskey;
  2. Run the database initialisation pnpm run init

7. That is it.

Well done! Now, you have an environment that run to Misskey.

Launch normally

Just NODE_ENV=production pnpm run start. GLHF!

Launch with systemd

  1. Create a systemd service here


  2. Edit it, and paste this and save:

    Description=Misskey daemon
    ExecStart=/usr/bin/npm start
  3. Reload systemd and enable the misskey service.

    sudo systemctl daemon-reload; sudo systemctl enable misskey

  4. Start the misskey service.

    sudo systemctl start misskey

You can check if the service is running with systemctl status misskey.

Launch with OpenRC

  1. Copy the following text to /etc/init.d/misskey:

    description="Misskey daemon"
    supervise_daemon_args=" -d /home/misskey/misskey -e NODE_ENV=\"production\""
    depend() {
    	need net
    	use logger
    	# alternatively, uncomment if using nginx reverse proxy
    	#use logger nginx
  2. Set the service to start on boot

    rc-update add misskey

  3. Start the Misskey service

    rc-service misskey start

You can check if the service is running with rc-service misskey status.

How to update your Misskey server to the latest version

  1. git checkout master
  2. git pull
  3. git submodule update --init
  4. NODE_ENV=production pnpm install --frozen-lockfile
  5. NODE_ENV=production pnpm run build
  6. pnpm run migrate
  7. Restart your Misskey process to apply changes
  8. Enjoy

If you encounter any problems with updating, please try the following:

  1. pnpm run clean or pnpm run clean-all
  2. Retry update (Don't forget pnpm install
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Contributors: tamaina, Johann150, Sol Fisher Romanoff, Johann150, Toromino, Yu, syuilo